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   FSU Art Class Traveled to Disney World to Le...
   2014 Art and Design for Social Justice Sympo...
   PhD Student Curates Exhibition of Mexican Art...
   FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents How I Learn...
   School of Dance Presents Two Programs of D...
   FAR Welcomes New Project Fellow, Interns an...
   Digital Fabrication: The Flat Pack Furniture Proj...
   School of Dance and MANCC Represented at A...
   FSU Seal in Cast Glass
   MoFA Hosts Two 7 Days of Opening Nights Ex...
   The Ringling Performance New Stages
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Alums Work Behind the Scenes to Make Lone Survivor a Success

Alum John Brace, casting director of the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy, served as the casting director for the surprise hit film, Lone Survivor.  The film, starring Mark Wahlberg as a Navy SEAL trapped in a Taliban-held village in Afghanistan, pulled in $12.6 million for a cumulative $93.6 million in its third week of wide release.

In addition to Grey’s Anatomy, Brace was the casting director of ABC’s Private Practice and NBC’s Friday Night Lights.  He was nominated for Outstanding Casting of a Drama Series for six consecutive years, from 2005 - 2010, winning the Emmy in 2006 for Grey’s Anatomy and 2007 for Friday Night Lights.  Other film credits include Battleship, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio, and Under the Tuscan Sun.

Alums Work Behind the Scenes to Make Lone Survivor a Success

John was not the only alum working on Lone Survivor.  MFA Costume Design alum Erika Walthall served as assistant costume designer on the film.  Some of her past credits include assistant designer for the series Pretty Little Liars for ABC Family and costume assistant on Weeds for Showtime.  Her design work will be seen on the new NBC series Chicago PD, which airs at 10pm on Wednesday evenings.


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FSU Art Class Traveled to Disney World to Learn from the Imagineers

This semester, the Department of Art is excited to introduce a new course to students: Imagineering Production Techniques, Sculpting Environments.

The class investigates aspects of “character plaster” and the potential applications to student’s work and “real world Disney” projects.  Character plaster is used to produce the hard finishes in the Walt Disney Parks that mimic other materials.  This includes rockwork, themed paving, wood and facades.
FSU Art Class Traveled to Disney World to Learn from the Imagineers

Throughout the semester, students will work toward building full-scale pieces and guest artists from Disney Imagineering will critique students’ works. 


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2014 Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium Huge Success

On January 20th, the College of Visual Arts, Theatre, and Dance presented the 2014 Art and Design for Social Justice Symposium, hosted by the Departments of Interior Design and Art Education.

The event focused on how the tools and inherent abilities within the areas of art and design can be utilized in addressing issues confronting less advantaged groups within our local communities, states, regions or world.  It was designed to generate synergy, spawn collaborative projects among participants, create new scholarly initiatives and allow examination of the role that art and design play in the telling of a broader social narrative.
Aja Roache – Sustaining Underserved Youth Communities and Sustaining Art Museums

This was the 7th annual Symposium and was held on the campus of Florida State University within the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theater and William Johnston Building.  The event included a dance performance, keynote movie and moderated discussion, a variety of presentations and posters on social justice issues, all concluded with a performance by musical theater students.

We look forward to the 2016 Symposium, hope to see you there!


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PhD Student Curates Exhibition of Mexican Art in Chicago

Art history Ph.D. student Lesley Wolff recently curated the exhibition As Cosmopolitans & Strangers: Mexican Art of the Jewish Diaspora from the Permanent Collection at the National Museum of Mexican Art, in Chicago.

The exhibit examines the contributions of artists of Jewish heritage to the evolution of a modern Mexican visual culture and features works by artists such as Gunther Gerzso, Diego Rivera and Leonardo Nierman.  Wolff took on this project as a way to inquire about the socio-political and creative roles of marginalized Diasporic communities in Mexico.  
PhD Student Curates Exhibition of Mexican Art in Chicago

The exhibition holds personal and professional relevance to Wolff, who is the daughter of a Jewish Mexican immigrant and whose doctoral research examines Mexican visual culture.

The exhibition will run through August 3, 2014 and will be open for viewing during the CAA conference this February.  The National Museum of Mexican Art is located at 1852 W. 19th St., Chicago, IL.


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FSU/Asolo Conservatory Presents HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE

Join the FSU / Asolo Conservatory for their presentation of HOW I LEARNED TO DRIVE, by Paula Vogel, February 18-March 9

L’il Bit has put her past behind her, but her dark and dangerous relationship with her Uncle Peck continues to haunt her in this Pulitzer Prize winning play about disturbing family relationships and a culture that sexualizes young women. 

Tickets available at the Asolo Rep box office at the FSU Center for the Performing Arts, 5555 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL.

For ticket information, call 941-351-8000 or visit

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School of Dance Presents Two Programs of Days of Dance

Florida State University’s School of Dance will present two programs of both student and faculty choreography in Days of Dance this February. 

Program “A” will run February 7th, and 15th at 8pm with a 2pm show on February 8th. 
Program “B” is featured February 8th and 14th at 8pm with a 2pm show on February 15th. 

All performances will be in the Nancy Smith Fichter Dance Theatre in Montgomery Hall, located on FSU’s campus.
School of Dance Presents Two Programs of Days of Dance. Photo by Jon Nalon

Tickets for Days of Dance performances are $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $10 for children and non-FSU students and $5 for FSU students with ID.  All seating is general admission.

For ticket information, contact the Fine Arts Ticket Office at 850-644-6500 or online at  For more information about Days of Dance, contact Joyce Fausone at 850-645-2449 or


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FAR Welcomes New Project Fellow, Interns and Volunteers

FAR’s inaugural formLab Project Fellow, Michael Rees, made his last in a series of site visits to FAR in late January.  The pieces Rees produced during his time at FAR will be on exhibit at Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts’ Making Now: Open for Exchange (February 14-March 30).  

FAR staffers are looking forward to hosting upcoming Project Fellow, Sam Kronick.  Kronick will be making his first visit to FAR in late February, when he will lead a critical tool-making workshop and begin producing a body of artistic research responding to Tallahassee-based sites.
FAR staffer, Noah Brock, tests augmented reality component for Michael Rees’s project

An important part of FAR’s mission is to provide opportunities for student learning.  This semester, FAR welcomes two interns and two volunteers.  Undergraduates, Fabricio Farias and Abigail Lucien, are gaining internship experience at Small Craft Advisory Press.  Fabricio and Abigail will be assisting with a variety of press duties, including hands-on studio work with SCAP editions.  Students, Shane Drye and John-Henry Graves, are volunteering on the MMAP project, assisting with code development.


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Digital Fabrication: The Flat Pack Furniture Project

On January 21, the Department of Interior Design hosted a gallery opening featuring flat pack furniture.  The exhibition presents projects from the fall 2013 graduate furniture design class taught by Dr. Marlo Ransdell.

Each student was challenged to design two pieces of furniture that could be cut from a 4’ x 8’ piece of maple plywood.  Each furniture piece was designed to be flat pack shipped, have the ability to be constructed with little to no tools and hardware and minimize material waste. 

Digital Fabrication: The Flat Pack Furniture Project

Students created multiple small-scale designs using service board that were cut on the laser printer.  Once the design was finalized, the larger plywood pieces were cut using the CNC router at the Facility for Arts Research (FAR)

Featured students include Sam Al-Mutawa, Amanda Cleveland, Heather Dodd, Katie Hart, Amanda Krueger, Julie Marhee and Melanie Murata.


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School of Dance and MANCC Represented at APAP

The annual Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP) conference overtakes New York City each January.  Over the course of the weekend thousands of showcases and mini-festivals take place in efforts to ‘market’ performing arts to curators and theater directors.  This year was no exception, as MANCC and FSU continue to expand their presence.

In one showcase by prominent artist and former MANCC guest choreographer John Jasperse, FSU’s 2010 BFA graduate Maggie Cloud’s handling of the physical and mental challenges of the complex work-in-progress are a testament to her as a performer and to her rigorous training at FSU.  Cloud is having an extraordinary year and is being billed the “new hot performer in NY”.  At the Skirball Theater, which hosted one of APAP’s affiliated mini-festivals, FOCUS Dance, Indira Goodwine (BFA ‘08), prepared for choreographer Camille Brown’s performance.  Goodwine serves as company manager for Brown, one of dance’s up and coming creative voices.  Goodwine also performs with alumna Toni Renee Johnson (MFA ‘05) and works as the Programming Associate for Harlem Stages.
O'Connor's collaborators rehearse BLEED at MANCC

Danspace Project hosted Tere O’Connor’s sold out BLEED, a work developed at MANCC in August 2013. 

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FSU Seal in Cast Glass

To welcome Dean Weishar to campus last summer, Master Craftsman Studio created a cast glass seal for the Dean’s office.  This glass version of our university seal measures 18 inches by 2.5 inches and is surrounded with a painted wood frame.  At 18 inches, this is the largest one we’ve produced.

This piece incorporates a backing of dichroic glass, which has a very reflective quality and gives the piece its gold color.  As you view this work from different perspectives, the colors shift as the light moves and changes.

FSU Seal in Cast Glass

Over the years, we have created the FSU Seal in many media, including bronze, granite and delicate paper castings.  With Kenneth von Roenn arriving this summer along with Dean Weishar, we felt creating the seal in glass was only fitting.


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MoFA Hosts Two 7 Days of Opening Nights Exhibitions

Making Now: Open for Exchange

The artists of Making Now are a collaborative ensemble, working with one another to create contemporary light and magic through serious as well as quirky inventiveness.  The tools of the 21st century artist are likely to involve digital wizardry and the artists are persons of goodwill who embrace global awareness and responsible ecology.  They also have finely tuned senses of both humor and the absurd.

Making Now will be a surprise—an indefinable exhibition bustling with movement, vivid artworks and the incandescent glow of life.  Guest Curator Carolyn Henne is Chair of the Department of Art at Florida State University and Associate Dean in the College of Visual Arts, Theatre & Dance.  She believes most firmly in the unexpected.
Top: Analog Analogue, Cave Paintings, at Railroad Square, 2011, panoramic mural. Bottom: Trevor Bell's "Breakaway", 1981, acrylic on canvas, 7 feet x 7 feet. Collection of Debbie and Bobby Bacon. (Florida studio)

Trevor Bell: Both Sides of the Atlantic

From Florida during the “Space Age” to his new-millennium studio near the rugged cliffs of southwestern England, Trevor Bell has been drawn to dynamic environments.  Some of his keenest enthusiasms are for the massive pillars of light from the launches of Cape Canaveral shuttles, or, in Cornwall, the steep downward vistas at the edge of the sea.  Traveling many times to India, he has also trekked the high Himalayas.

Mental images gathered throughout the world are armatures underlying his sculptural canvases with their brilliant and vibrant color.  Trevor Bell was a much-lauded artist when he worked from studios in Florida and since returning to Britain in 1996, he has been re-discovered by the British art world: last year the Tate Britain added several of his paintings to their permanent collection.

An opening reception will be held for both exhibitions on Friday, February 14th, 6-8pm.


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The Ringling Performance New Stages

The five-part New Stages series features a mix of contemporary musical and dance performances.
Explore the relationship between the individual and the flock during Lostwax Multimedia Dance’s Particular.   Particular blends ballet, hip-hop, jazz and modern dance with computer graphic projections produced by R. Luke DuBois

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 6-8 in the Historic Asolo Theater.
R. Luke DuBois Lecturing at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York

To read about the other four performances part of New Stages, visit our CVATD Blog.  Tickets for these performances cost $30 with a discounted price of $25 for members and $10 for college students with a valid ID.  Save 10% by purchasing the entire 5-part series for $135 with a discounted price of $112.50 for member and $45 for students.

To purchase tickets, call 941.360.7399 or visit


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upcoming events

February 1 - March 30 
Exhibition: Trevor Bell/ Both Sides of the Atlantic

February 6 - 8
Lostwax Multimedia Dance Theatre

Ringling, Asolo

February 7 - 10 
Florida Art Therapy Association National Conference
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February 7 - 8 & 14 - 15
Days of Dance
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February 11 - 12 
Urban Bush Women Presented by Seven Days of Opening Nights

February 13
Visiting Artist Lecture: John Ensor Parker
FAB 249

February 14 - March 2 
Monty Python's Spamalot
The Fallon Theatre
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February 14 - March 30 
Exhibition: Making Now

February 14
Opening Reception for Making Now and Trevor Bell
6:00 - 8:00pm 

February 16 - March 1
Living Legacy Artist Ralph Lemon in residence at MANCC

February 20
Phyllis Straus Gallery Dedication
5:30 PM at Carnaghi Arts Building


February 20 - 22
Ethel & Robert Mirabal, Music of the Sun
Ringling / Asolo

February 22
Art Therapy Spring Workshop
William Johnston Building rooms 3003 & 3002
8:00am - 5:00pm

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March 9 - 22
Returning Choreographic Fellow Emily Johnson in residence at MANCC

March 28 - April 6
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Lab Theatre
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March 29
FSU'S Department of Art Education Annual Reception at NAEA
San Diego, CA


March 29 - 31
2014 National Art Education Association National Convention – SPARK!
San Diego, CA

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April 11 - 30
Spring Graduating Artists
MoFA, Art

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Museum of Fine Arts
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